OmniRide will further reduce its Express commuter bus services as of Monday, April 27, due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Express ridership has dropped by approximately 90 percent, OmniRide will continue to operate a few core commuter routes that are serving essential personnel.
As of Monday, April 27, the following changes are in effect:
OmniRide routes that will operate on regular schedules:
Gainesville – Pentagon – Navy Yard (Route 612)
All Metro Express, East–West Express, Local, and OmniRide Access Paratransit services
OmniRide routes that will operate on Friday schedules:
Dale City – Pentagon – Navy Yard
OmniRide routes that will NOT operate as of April 27:
Dale City – Mark Center
Dale City – Pentagon – Rosslyn/Ballston
Gainesville – Washington (Route 611)
Haymarket – Rosslyn-Ballston (Route 622)
Lake Ridge – Mark Center
Lake Ridge – Pentagon-Crystal City
Lake Ridge – Washington
Manassas – Pentagon (Route 602)
Manassas – Washington (Route 601)
Montclair – Washington
South Route 1 – Pentagon – Washington
Stafford – Pentagon (Route 942)
Stafford – Washington (Route 543)
Tysons – Woodbridge
Further reducing commuter bus service will enable OmniRide to limit the exposure of our frontline providers to the virus while also using limited financial resources wisely. OmniRide previously reduced Express bus service due to the pandemic on March 25. Fares are free on OmniRide Local and Metro Express services during the pandemic to minimize interactions between bus operators and riders and allow customers to board quickly and self-distance more effectively. Commuters on OmniRide Express buses must pay fares using a SmarTrip card because OmniRide is not currently accepting cash.
OmniRide is sanitizing buses frequently with hospital-grade cleaners to protect public safety. The Transit Center lobby is closed to the general public, and many OmniRide staff members are teleworking when possible to comply with government orders to travel only when absolutely necessary. Bus operators are wearing face masks in compliance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. Riders are encouraged to wear face masks and to practice social distancing on buses.
OmniRide will continue to monitor ridership levels and may make additional changes in the future. Riders are encouraged to subscribe to OmniRide’s Rider Express alert system at OmniRide.com. For up-to-date information on OmniRide services, visit OmniRide.com or contact Customer Service at 703-730-6664 or Omni@OmniRide.com.
The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), operating as OmniRide, provides a variety of services in Prince William County, Stafford County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park including: OmniRide Express and OmniRide Local bus routes; OmniRide Ridesharing for the promotion of carpools and vanpools; and OmniRide Employer Services which helps businesses to implement and expand commuter benefit programs. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.